Stressful and strenuous coughing can leave you exhausted as excessive mucus in the lungs not only makes breathing more difficult, but if allowed to build up can lead to an infection. As this mucus becomes stickier making it more difficult to clear, it can make your airways swell and produce even more mucus. This in turn results in further infection which can eventually lead to lung damage. One possible treatment of these symptoms along with mucolytics is airway clearance techniques.
Increasingly many of you have been recommended by your health professional to try airway clearance techniques such as Oscillating Positive Expiratory Pressure devices. The Pari O-PEP brings a new option to the problem of clearing mucus congestion.
Using the Pari O-PEP can help to alleviate unproductive coughing and shortness of breath which in turn can increase lung efficiency and help to prevent recurrent infections.
Regular sessions with the O-PEP of between 5 to 15 minutes produce a beneficial effect, equivalent to that delivered by physiotherapy techniques. Both children and adults can master the technique for use, allowing people of all ages to gain relief quickly and easily, whenever required.
The Pari O-PEP is effective for sufferers of:
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Chronic Bronchitis
However, the Pari O-PEP is not suitable for anybody that is suffering from the following conditions: severe Tuberculosis, Right sided heart failure, Pneumothorax or Haemoptysis (coughing up blood).
Sitting in an upright, relaxed position, place the mouthpiece between your teeth and enclose it with your lips. Breathe in slowly and deeply through your nose, holding your breath for about 1 to 2 seconds. Breathe out slowly and completely into the PARI O-PEP through your mouth. While exhaling, tense your cheek muscles and keep your cheeks rigid. This action causes the steel ball in the O-Pep to vibrate. These vibrations, combined with the gentle resistance when you breathe against the ball, cause a number of positive benefits. Changes in air pressure encourages your smaller airways to open which in turn increases lung efficiency. Mucus is thinned and dislodged by the vibration and increased airflow helps the mucus to move to your large airways where, with gentle coughing, you can more comfortably expel it. Repeat the cycle of breathing in and out for 10 to 15 breaths.
The Pari O-PEP is dishwasher safe and autoclavable and is supplied with a small bag for hygienic storage.